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If you develop effective note making strategies you will greatly enhance your ability to retain the key information you need for exams, assignments, debates, presentations etc.
* Notemaking helps you to concentrate on what you are learning by focusing only on the important facts.
* By writing the information down you are helping your brain to examine it in a different way.
* Writing notes helps you with memory retention.
* Notes help you to summarise the material you are trying to learn. During revision, then, it is more time efficient to focus only on the key information you have summarised. You can read your revision notes rather than re-reading whole chapters.
* Notemaking helps you to clarify your understanding of a topic because you are using your own words to describe major concepts.
SEQUENTIAL NOTE TAKING
You can take notes in a chronological sequence as they are presented. Often you don't have the chance to go back and listen to or review the information again. You would use this form of notetaking when listening to a lecture, watching a movie, video or other presentation, or perhaps when on excursions.
In these situations you often only get the opportunity to collect the information from this source so you take the notes down as presented (sequentially).
STRATEGIC NOTE MAKING
Before you begin to take your notes you have a pre-determined purpose, framework or set of questions you are seeking to answer. You are reading, listening or viewing for a specific purpose.
To help you organise your information you may use graphic organisers, mind maps, focus questions or key words to direct your reading, viewing, listening and notemaking.
TYPES OF NOTES
There are many different ways you can take your notes. Here are just a few examples.
* Diagrams or drawings
* Lists of points (DOT JOT)
* Key words and phrases
* Voice recording
* Highlighted text on a printed page
* Mind maps
* Completed graphic organiser
* Bookmarked / tagged websites
* Notemaking Apps and Web 2.0 Tools